About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • NCC finds sustainable, cost-effective composites alternative for innovative SME

    The NCC has found a more sustainable, cost-effective alternative material for the subterranean pipes used by Magway, the innovative SME who develop ground-breaking sustainable transport solutions.
  • National Composites Centre to play a role in UK/Australian collaboration to accelerate advanced materials integration

    Funding announced for innovative proposals covering integration of composites, adhesives for structural joining, joining high temperature structures and improving armour systems.
  • New partnership to develop revolutionary all-composite helicopter wheel takes off

    The NCC will be delivering a project in partnership with Carbon ThreeSixty, the advanced composite structure specialist, to develop a revolutionary all composite helicopter wheel. The NATEP project, co-funded by Innovate UK, will be collaborating with Leonardo, and ultimately aims to improve performance, safety & full ownership cost.
  • Arcola Energy and NCC launch UK Hydrogen Supply Chain Capability and Opportunity Survey

    The survey is part of a roadmap to support the development of a UK supply chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems.
  • Heraeus Noblelight Ltd. upgrades to Tier Two membership

    Heraeus Noblelight Ltd., based in Cambridge (UK), the centre of excellence for flash lamp technology, has upgraded to Tier 2 membership with the NCC.

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